festival opens with Othello
Sedona, now in its fourth season, has set the standard for
classical theater in Northern Arizona. The season opener features
the fiery and passionate story of Othello, starring Ken Love
in the title role.
Set in the romantic world of the Mediterranean, Shakespeare
brings to life in Othello one of the most unforgettable villains
in all of literature: Iago.
Ken Love stars as Othello. Iago is played by Andy Alcala.
Iago has the status of being probably the most despised villain
of any Shakespeare play. However Andy points out that Iago
feels completely justified in his cause.
“He is passed over for a promotion and suspects that
Othello has been with his wife. Iago explains that just the
mere thought of this is reason enough to destroy him.”
As the show unfolds, Iago demonstrates his mastery at
playing one character against another when he says “Who is
he that says I play a villain? When this advice is free I
give and honest.”
Iago is the perfect villain, then is Desdemona the perfect
victim? “She’s no angel,” said Maren McLean, who portrays
the ill-fated wife of Othello. “After all, she’s daring enough
to defy her father and elope. And yet she is human, vulnerable
and wants to believe in the good of everyone.”
Shakespeare Sedona’s Artistic Director, Jared Sakren,
reflects on the legacy of story: “Othello was created during
what is generally considered to be the period of Shakespeare’s
greatest writing. . . In this play, the swords are everywhere
and Othello’s good heart, his true love for the pure Desdemona,
is sure to be a casualty in this place.
“And because he
is a man of the sword, he cannot control, understand, nor
trust his own love for the one person that might save him.
Therein lies the tragedy of this play.”
Sedona’s Othello runs through August 5th at the Sedona Cultural
Park. For tickets, call 1-800-780-ARTS or 928-203-4TIX.